The Cloisters Paradise Island Bahamas

Photograph of the Cloisters Paradise IslandOn Paradise Island, the Cloisters offer a unique photographic opportunity. These columns and structures, standing above a beautiful formal garden, are the remains of a 14th-century French monastery brought to the island by William Randolph Hearst. The stones were disassembled in France, brought over by ship, and then reassembled in their current location. They present an attractive, though somewhat incongruous, spectacle. The stone remains were imported to the US in the 1920s, but they remained just random pieces of a giant puzzle until, Huntington Hartford a grocery chain magnate, purchased them in the 1960s and had them reassembled (without plans) on his oceanfront Ocean Club estate. These grounds of the One & Only Ocean Club resort are a popular location for weddings.

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For visitors arriving by air, the Bahamas are served through Nassau by most US airlines and by international airlines from Canada and Europe, and to a slightly more limited degree through Freeport.

The Out Islands are served mainly by Bahamas Air via connections in Nassau and Freeport.

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